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One Direction at Wimbledon 2014; Niall Horan asks fans to stop throwing things

One Direction's Liam Payne and Niall Horan at Wimbledon tennis tournament in Wimbledon, England, on June 26, 2014
One Direction's Liam Payne and Niall Horan at Wimbledon tennis tournament in Wimbledon, England, on June 26, 2014WireImage

On June 26, 2014, One Direction's Niall Horan and Liam Payne caused a stir when they attended the Wimbledon tennis tournament in England. According to the Daily Mirror, Payne and Horan "squeezed through the huge crowds around Gate 13 at the All England Club. The two stars arrived after lunch and are expected to make their way to Centre Court to support Heather Watson in her second-round match.

"Watson is the last remaining British woman in the draw after No.1 Laura Robson was forced to withdraw through injury. Robson interviewed Niall for the BBC and posed with him for a picture, showing off their exclusive wristbands at the famous tournament in SW19."

Meanwhile, Horan (who underwent knee surgery in February 2014) went on Twitter on June 25, 2014, to plead with fans to stop throwing things at One Direction on stage. At a concert in Amsterdam earlier that night, Horan's bad knee was hit by an object, and he began limping after getting struck by the object. Videos of this incident have been posted on the Internet and have gone viral.

Horan tweeted: "Amsterdam thank you for a great couple of shows! Appreciate you coming. Also guys! Can you limit what gets thrown on stage please! Coz somethin thrown at me tonight! Hit my knee! A lot of pain from it! Never wana sound like I'm complaining! But only having my operation 5 months ago, I still get a bit of pain and I'm very scared about it."

One Direction's Harry Styles (the most popular member of the group) has also been hit on stage by objects thrown by fans. There are several videos of him that show him getting hit in the face and in the groin. All the other members of One Direction (which also include Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik) have also been the target of audience-thrown objects on stage, but Styles is the One Direction member who seems to get most of this type of unfortunate attention.

One Direction is the world's biggest-selling act to emerge from "The X Factor." One Direction previously headlined arenas (with capacities of 10,000 to 25,000 people per venue), but the group has now become one of the few music acts that can headline stadiums (with capacities of 40,000 to 60,000 people per venue) around the world.

One Direction's 2014 "Where We Are" world tour takes place from April to October in South America, Europe and North America. The group also has a 2015 "On the Road Again" stadium tour that is going to Asia and Australia. One Direction's tours sell out quickly, with many of the concerts selling out a year in advance.

The group's third album, "Midnight Memories," was released worldwide on Nov. 25, 2013. All of One Direction's first three albums — "Up All Night," "Take Me Home" and "Midnight Memories" — debuted at No. 1 in several countries. One Direction's fourth album is expected to be released in the last quarter of 2014. The album's title, songs and release date are to be announced.